December 10, 2009

Doomblog or Splatterblog

Filed under: My Favorites,Portfolio,Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:02 pm

For my final project of my Visual Communications class, I reskinned this fab pink and skully blog of doom. CSS is magic and to see it work, I’ve added a link to the bottom of the page now you can click for “more inky, less pink” or “more skulls, more pink.”


Clicky! More inky, less pink.
More skulls, more pink.

November 24, 2009

Infographics: hungry hungry kitties

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 7:01 pm

gimmiedinnerThis week’s assignment to create an infographic was inspired by my kitties’ appetites. I decided to illustrate the following statistic: how many dollars I’ve spent on cat food since I got my stripy boys in 2001. The grand total (extrapolated from actual data on my expenses from the last few years) is $4,824. They are hungry indeed.

November 15, 2009

less anarchistic pink, more messy ink

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:10 pm

blog_reskin_messyinkAs I have started playing around with a new design for a portfolio web site, I have decided to come up with a skin for this blog. At some point, I am going to want to use this as a portfolio and it probably should be a little less silly. Of course I’ll archive it, because I LOVE (luff, <3) this design. Or, I suppose in the end, I can replace the current invisible rooster with the blog or build a new site or whatever. Gosh, I didn’t even try out my rooster friend in ink spatter style, I’ll bet he’ll be spiffy. Of course, all that is mostly an archive itself. Alas.


November 8, 2009

color fun

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:19 pm

Picture 7This week is all about color. First I took the Munsell Hue Test and got a perfect score. Nice! Apparently this is fabulous for my age. HA. It did make my eyes feel a bit funny, but anything to do with color and a monitor seems to do that.

For the next piece, I created a simple example of how color looks different depending on what other color surrounds it. The two inner blocks are actually the same color. Because one surrounding color is darker, the inner color looks brighter and vice versa. But then I decided that was ridiculously boring and used the same idea on a more fun subject: sneaky stripes. Are the stripes the same color? Hector and Lucius will never tell. (more…)

October 25, 2009

itp logo design

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 1:41 pm

For this week’s assignment, I designed a logo for ITP… or at least, worked on designing a logo. My first and second ideas were my favorites… it just got a bit less clear from there, but that’s how all this design stuff works. Play around until something clicks. It will be really interesting to see what other people came up with!

October 18, 2009

logo design: wolff olins

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 12:50 pm

London 2012The assignment this week was to research a logo designer and present this person’s work to class. I’m sure we were supposed to choose a designer whose work we liked, but somehow, I ended up choosing a logo designer (or two) whose work I most react to. It all started with the London 2012 logo. Of all the images that we have looked at in class, this one stick in my mind the most. And this made me wonder. Despite the fact that the word I most associate with the logo is “hideous” had the designer somehow tricked my brain and won? I think it’s possible. (more…)

October 11, 2009

business card of business

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:41 pm

For this Visual Communications assignment, I designed myself a business card. I decided to do one just with my name, email and phone number rather than a new Invisible Rooster card since I haven’t much felt like hawking my sewing wares lately. Here it is in full PDF glory, complete with crop and bleed marks. (Imagine it’s smaller… cut to the inner lines and that’s what it’ll look like printed.) For class I have printed out a bunch of them and sliced them up appropriately. And it only took two tries to get them right… sigh. Front and back printing failed (they were 1/8″ off darnit) so, I taped the fronts and backs together. Classy.

October 4, 2009

i <3 fonts

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: — *aly* @ 8:33 pm

This week’s assignments are all about the joy of typography. And how I do love fonts! So, the first part I worked on was creating expressive words by illustrating the meaning of the word via type. It was actually hard to limit myself to just three. In fact, I might keep going and just pick my favorites at the end. (more…)

September 27, 2009

Bad Signs

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: — *aly* @ 10:58 pm

For this assignment, I took a walk in Manhattan and around where I live in Greenpoint. There are a heck of a lot of spectacularly un-designed awnings around.

ibiza_kidz1. Ibiza Kidz– This is not the most terrible example in the world, but something about it bothered me. First of all, their logo and the lettering on the awning actually look like they could belong to two separate shops. The cube uses a totally different front (looks like Papyrus) from the main logo which is some sort of fancy tooled font. And the letters in the cube are all oriented on the same horizontal line, which completely ruins the illusion that the text is printed on a 3D shape. Also, the color scheme seems weak. Perhaps the awning faded, but the green, blue and yellow all look too pastel next to the blue. Lastly, if the shop is called Ibiza, it seems a shame to have no reference to Spain or the Mediterranean (or raves?). (more…)

September 17, 2009

Site Analysis:

Filed under: Visual Communications — Tags: — *aly* @ 11:19 pm

For our first assignment in visual communications, I picked the site (one of my favorite shop-for-fun-stuff sites) to analyze for design success in terms of grid, colors, layout, typography, consistency and usability. [Click here for the site analysis PDF.] Happily, after a close examination, I would assert that the site is very successful.